21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers are designed to make lasting changes in the lives of children through positive youth development. The Appleton Area School District established after-school programs through funds provided by a US Department of Education grant. Partnerships with community organizations help the Centers provide academic and enrichment opportunities for students in safe, supportive after-school environments.

Mission Statement

To create a safe, welcoming environment during non-school hours that supports student achievement, healthy lifestyles, and developmental assets through an integrated network of community-wide partners that is responsive to the diverse needs of the school community.

21st Century ​Program Goals

  • Improve a student's academic achievement
  • Provide a safe, welcoming environment for students who need after-school supervision
  • Promote involvement in academic, recreational, cultural, health, and social programs
  • Increase access to technology

21st Century Program Sites

Full-time site coordinators are located at each school to create vital links between the student's school hours and non-school hours. Site coordinators are provided by the Boys & Girls Club of the Fox Valley and the YMCA.

CLC Site Site Coordinator Contact   Corresponding Organization
Badger Elementary (920) 997-1399 Ext. 2529 Boys & Girls Club
Columbus Elementary (920) 997-1399 Ext. 2608 Boys & Girls Club
Foster Elementary* (920) 832-5724 Boys & Girls Club
Highlands Elementary (920) 997-1382 Boys & Girls Club
Horizons Elementary (920) 832-4393 YMCA
Jefferson Elementary (920) 209-0159 YMCA
Johnston Elementary (920) 209-0157 YMCA
Kaleidoscope* (920) 832-6303 Boys & Girls Club
Lincoln Elementary (920) 832-4951 YMCA
McKinley Elementary* (920) 209-0680 YMCA
Wilson Middle (920) 997-1399 Ext. 7758 Boys & Girls Club

"The 21st Century Program is a part of a vision where an after-school program provides the academic, emotional, mentoring and nutritional support for all children. Lincoln is very fortunate."
-Ron Dunlap, former Lincoln Elementary School Principal

*The schools denoted with an asterisk do not receive 21st Century Community Learning Center grant funding from Wisconsin DPI. 

ProgrammingWant to volunteer at our after school programs?

Students who attend the 21st Century Community Learning Centers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs that impact academic achievement; help develop new skills and interests; increase awareness and understanding of different cultures; and increase physical fitness, self-esteem, and leadership skills. 

  • Academics: Tutoring, daily homework, assistance, book clubs, reading programs and incentives
  • Enrichment: Dance, field trips, cooking classes, career exploration, health & wellness activities
  • Technology: Computer games, pen pal exchanges, educational programs, computer and internet classes
  • Recreation: Outdoor play, board games, sports and games
  • Culture: Music, drama, dance, arts and crafts
  • Community Service
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